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Obama calls immigration plan commonsense, lawful

President Barack Obama was addressing the nation on Thursday night about executive actions on immigration. His plan would spare millions from deportation and allow them to work legally in the United States. The moves mark the most sweeping changes to the nation's fractured immigration laws in nearly three decades.

Immigrants from Ebola countries won't be sent home

Immigrants from the three countries at the center of West Africa's Ebola crisis are being offered work permits and temporary protection from deportation.

Most US unemployed don't get benefits: Here's why

Even though the U.S. job market is gaining strength, there are still a lot of unemployed Americans. Yet only a fraction of them are receiving financial aid from the government.

Analysis: Next, the selling of a contentious plan

Announcing his executive actions, after all the delays and handwringing, might be the easy part.

Iowa man held after arrest near White House

An Iowa man arrested in Washington after the Secret Service found a hunting rifle, ammunition and a knife in his car parked near the White House will stay in jail for now.

Senate to work longer under GOP control next year

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is sending a stern signal to senators used to long weekends and frequent vacations: The Senate is going to work longer hours under GOP control next year.

5 things to watch in Obama's immigration speech

After years of wrangling with Congress over how to fix the country's immigration system, President Barack Obama is ready to announce his plan to take action alone.

Congress can't 'de-fund' Obama on immigration

A senior House Republican said Thursday that it's impossible to "defund" President Barack Obama's upcoming moves on immigration in an upcoming spending bill.

NOAA: Globe sets 5th hottest-month record of 2014

Despite a bitter U.S. cold snap, the globe is rushing hell-bent toward its warmest year on record with last month setting the fifth monthly heat record of the year.

Oops! Administration erred on health law sign-ups

The Obama administration acknowledged Thursday it has been over-reporting the number of people signed up under the health care law, a discrepancy that congressional Republicans seeking to repeal the program say they uncovered.

New enforcement focus in Obama's immigration plan

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (jay) Johnson says President Barack Obama's immigration plan will focus enforcement efforts on immigrants who are serious criminals -- and those who crossed into the U.S. illegally or were ordered from the country in the last year.

Obama has lunch with Native American youth

Hours before addressing the nation on immigration, President Barack Obama left the White House for lunch.

Bush seeks common ground with education critics

Responding to a national backlash over Common Core education standards, potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Thursday that the set of state benchmarks should be "the new minimum" for America's classrooms.

US unemployment aid applications fall to 291,000

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined slightly last week, suggesting that job gains should remain solid.

NSA director: China can damage US power grid

China and "one or two" other countries are capable of mounting cyberattacks that would shut down the electric grid and other critical systems in parts of the United States, according to Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S. Cyber Command.

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